The creators of the popular auto blog The Truth About Cars are accusing General Motors (GM) of regularly posting positive comments about GM and attacking any negative statements about the company.
Comments included: “BMW uses slave labor and burns gays at the stake.”
According to the blog’s former editor Bertel Schmitt, the site traced the IP addresses of commenters to members of GM’s PR team (who had registered accounts on the blog).
Schmitt made the statements on his new blog The Daily Kanban. The site crashed yesterday morning after The Drudge Report linked to the allegations.
Schmitt states that GM has an internal policy that those commenting online must identify themselves as GM employees, and TTAC’s own commenting policy encourages readers to properly identify themselves. Both these ideals were apparently thrown out the window for missives against BMW, Ford, the Canadian government and even one of GM’s biggest shareholders, Kirk Kerkorian.
Most of the more inflammatory comments came around 2008 in the lead-in to the big bailout. Schmitt says that in the years since, the number of comments allegedly coming from GM slowed down.
Read more from The Daily Kanban’s report.